Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2010 Bottle (Mar 2010 bottling).
Head is initially huge, frothy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of honey, lemon/orange zest, mint/wintergreen/teaberry, gum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This sample is sweeter than my last rating in 2008, and it suffers a bit as a result. Needs more hop brightness (and preferably some cobwebby yeast presence too) in the nose, and better attenuation. Still a great beer, but less "tripely" than I would want.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that was mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated yellow-white colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was floral sweet and mild malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The flavor contained notes of crisp candy malt and hops. A decent one but not one that I would consider having again.
Tmoney99 (10549) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear amber with a huge white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus and spice aroma. Medium body. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderate duration.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle foamed slightly upon opening yielding a hazy golden pour with a thin, wispy, fizzy white head and some suspended yeast. Aroma has some sweet bready Belgian biscuity malt. Body starts sweet and malty with good toasty biscuity notes and a touch of coriander. Not quite as balanced as it could be, but decent nonetheless.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small clear head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, hazy, no visible carbonation, and a straw yellow hue. Nose was spicy, malty, surgary, citrus, and sweet. Flavor was sweet, citrus, lemony, and light spicyness. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy medium gold to caramel pour with big, fluffy, white head that got bigger with every repour. Aroma of spicy florals, candi sugary malt, citrus, and some earthy notes. The flavor was dry and spicy, with floral, candi sugar, fruit, and finishing citrus notes. Recommended.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (GBBF 2006): Hazy dark gold with a white head. Nice deep spicy aroma. Simple biscuity malts, fresh fruit (apricots, grapes) and light allspice. Good stuff.
harrisoni (13566) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at GBBF 2006. Hazy gold, thick white head. Lager malt aroma to my nose. Sweetish fruit in mouth. Finish has spritzy hop. Some nice tangerine along the way.
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled – GBBF. A hazy dark gold coloured beer with a decent white head. The aroma is yeasty and lemony, and very Belgian. The taste is also yeasty and lemony. A nice balance hop level also. It was a little over-carbonated and served too warm which didn’t allow the obvious other tripel character like the spiciness to flourish
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice bottle wrapping...felt like christmas. pours a crisp, vibrant golden with a billowing white head. aroma is sweet spiciness...apricots, lemons, corriander. flavors abound with sweet citrus on this one. ending note is a nice tart, yeasty feel. nice beer.